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"The most successful of formal experiments choose governing properties that may not map onto familiar narrative structures but do evoke the underlying sense of their subjects in surprising ways. This author used the governing properties of music in a way that emphasized the flexible nature of time and story, and I enjoyed being surprised by it." —Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood, upon selecting "I Have Nothing to Say / And I Am Saying It" as the winner of the 2019 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Contest Recognition

 2021 Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize, Fourth Genre

"Must Have Been A Lie"

Finalist

2021 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction, New Letters

"Must Have Been A Lie"

Finalist

2021 Storm Cellar Force Majeure Flash Contest

"An Incomplete Inventory of What Once Belonged to My Mother"

Honorable Mention

Fall 2020 Travel Writing Prize, Nowhere

"11 Short Essays About Walking My Dog During COVID-19"

Winner

2020 Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

"Leftovers"

Semi-Finalist

2019 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

"I Have Nothing to Say / And I Am Saying It"

First Place

Selected by Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood

2019 Los Angeles Review Creative Nonfiction Award

"Giants"

Second Runner-Up

 

2019 New South Writing Contest (Prose)

"Roasting On"

Finalist

 

2018 Pinch Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction

"What Accumulates"

First Place

Selected by Andrea Jarrell, author of I'm the One Who Got Away

2018 Montana Prize in Nonfiction, CutBank

"What Accumulates"

Finalist

 

2018 Pigeon Pages Essay Contest

"Left Hand Free"

Honorable Mention

Selected by Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

2018 #MeToo Essay Award, Memoir Magazine

"20/20"

Notable 

Best American Essays

Best American Essays 2022

"Self-Portrait of the Writer on Their 30th Birthday, in 9 Scenes Starring 'All My Friends' by LCD Soundsystem"

Notable

Best American Essays 2021

"I Have Nothing To Say / And I Am Saying It"

Notable

Best American Essays 2019

"We Have Attempted to Contact You and Have Failed on Several Occasions"

Notable

Nominations

2022 Best of the Net

"First the Teeth"

(nominated by Blood Orange Review editors)

The Pushcart Prize XLVII: Best of the Small Presses 2023 Edition

"11 Short Essays About Walking My Dog During COVID-19"

(nominated by Nowhere editors)

The Pushcart Prize XLVI: Best of the Small Presses 2022 Edition

"Nutcracker"

(nominated by Ruminate editors)

Other Honors

Graduate fellowship

Columbia College Chicago

2019-2022

Stories Matter Foundation Masters Award

StoryStudio Chicago

2021

Nikki Kaye Pape President's Club Award for Excellence in Writing

Illinois Wesleyan University

2012

W.E. Schultz Award for Excellence in Media Management

Illinois Wesleyan University

2011

Note: All honors received prior to 2020 were awarded under the name Jackie Connelly.

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